As part of its mission to address the issues of clean and sustainable energy, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) will be participating in this year's global Earth Overshoot Day, taking place on August 1, by urging South Africans to check their ecological footprint and be mindful of this where possible.
In the United Kingdom, people are using so much resources and putting out so much pollution that it would take 2.9 Earths to sustain the world if everyone lived like Britons.More news: Astronauts picked for SpaceX, Boeing capsule test flights
Halve the carbon component of the EF, such as reducing meat consumption.
They include reducing driving in cities, replacing vehicle trips with public transport, walking and biking, cutting carbon from energy production, reducing food waste by half, making diets more sustainable, and reducing the number of children families have. According to the report, it takes 14 times as much land to produce a ton of beef as it takes to produce a ton of grain. If everyone were Australian, 4.1 Earths would be needed.
Individual countries also have overshoot days. Global livestock contributes at least nine percent of manmade carbon emissions.More news: "Imminent failure" possible of College Lake Dam
"Our economies are running a Ponzi scheme with our planet", he warned, adding people were using the Earth's future resources in the present day, and digging deeper into "ecological debt".
But energy use is by far the main culprit: carbon use amounts to 60 percent of it, and barely 150 years ago this was non-existent. However, it noted that China, with the largest total EF, decreased 0.3 percent from 2013 to 2014. That's 1.2 Earths instead of 1.7. This marks the earliest date yet for Earth Overshoot Day - the day humanity's annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth's ecosystems can renew in that year.
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